Thai court jails Iranian pair over botched Bangkok bomb plot

Thai court jails Iranian pair over botched Bangkok bomb plot
Saeid Moradi, 29, (in wheelchair), an Iranian suspected of involvement in the February 2012 blasts disembarks from a prison bus upon his arrival at the southern criminal court in Bangkok on June 20, 2013.

BANGKOK - Two Iranian men were sentenced to between 15 years and life Thursday for their parts in a botched bomb plot last year in Bangkok that ended with one of them having his legs blown off.

Saeid Moradi, 29, who lost his limbs as he hurled an explosive device at police, was found guilty on charges including attempted murder and handed a life term by the Bangkok Southern Criminal court.

A judge said the court found him "guilty of carrying explosives in public, using explosives to attempt to kill officials and using explosives which caused the destruction of property".

A second defendant, Mohammad Khazaei, 43, was given a 15 year jail term for possession of explosives.

The pair, who had denied the charges, were among five Iranians suspected of involvement in the blasts that followed attacks in India and Georgia targeting Israeli diplomats.

A huge explosion tore the roof off a house in suburban Bangkok on February 14 last year, when bombs detonated apparently accidentally, sending the five men fleeing into the streets.

Prosecutors accused Moradi of hurling one bomb at a taxi and a second at two police officers as they approached him on the street, but it instead detonated near him.

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